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6 Rules When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury lawsuits can seem like a bitter pill when you have to fill out boxes of paperwork, sit in court, and try to negotiate. They can be much easier if you hire the right personal injury lawyer. This guide can help you do just that.

Look for Multiple Lawyers
Instead of just choosing the first one you find – or the cheapest one you find – why not look for multiple lawyers? You have far more options than the referral you got. You may look online. You might find one at the local state bar. You may have some connections. Try to connect with at least 4-5 lawyers before hiring one.

Pay Nothing Down
When you hire a lawyer, hire one for the “no win, no fee” philosophy, which means you only pay if you win. If you settle your lawsuit out of court – 8 out of 10 do – you may pay 25% of the settlement to your lawyer. If you go to court and win, you may pay more like 35%. If you lose, you pay nothing.

Hire a Specialist

Hire someone who specializes in personal injury law – not the friend, or the family member, or the one who promises winning. There are DUI lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, immigration lawyers, and a variety of others, but you need a good personal injury lawyer. You need someone who has relevant in court experience.

Hire a Winner
You want someone with court room experience. It can be hard to differentiate from lawyers until you look at their records. The more court room experience they have, the better. You want someone capable of winning, of course, and in order to get that you need to be critical in who you hire.


You should be able to communicate well with your lawyer. This is critical part of the process. Why? Some personal injury lawsuits drag on for years. First, the injury occurs, and you typically wait 6 months to a year to get better before filing any claim. Then you file a claim and want, and if you're denied you have to hire a lawyer, file a lawsuit, and perhaps go to court. This entire process can seem to drag on. If you can hire an experienced lawyer you can communicate well with, you stand to save yourself a lot of headaches. And if you hire one you simply cannot communicate well with, you may consider firing him or her.

Should you fire your lawyer?
Finally, you may consider firing your lawyer on some occasions. Usually you can weed out the bad ones in the hiring process, but not always. There is no rule saying you have to keep on a lawyer you do not like. You can always get a new lawyer. You do have to pay any fees up to that point, so find out as early as possible.